Title delight for Hornchurch’s Hefford
PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 February 2015
Third time lucky for local middleweight
Hornchurch’s John Hefford claimed the Queensbury National middleweight title after edging out old rival Daniel Spencer in a thrilling bout.
Hefford was making his third attempt at the title after his previous attempts had ended in disappoint, but
It proved third time lucky for Hefford, whose two previous attempts had ended in disappointment, as he ripped the belt away from the defending champion with a majority points decision.
Hefford started well, flooring Spencer in the first round with a cuffing right hook, and as the champion tried to push his way back into the round he took a vicious right uppercut just before the bell.
As the fight progressed Hefford looked to be landing the cleaner punches, but Spencer started to press and walked forward throwing big punches to back his rival onto the ropes.
The fight continued to produce compelling viewing with Hefford continuing to pick his punches on the counter, while Kettering’s Spencer tried to impress the judges with a high work rate of shots as he tried to force the pace.
With the action finely balanced in the closing stages, a last-gasp flurry of punches from Hefford landed seconds before the final bell.
And after some anxious moments waiting for the scores to be read out, it was Hefford and his fans who were left celebrating as MC Buddae Johnson announced him as the new champion.
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